Gnabry and Musiala out of isolation ahead of Bayern’s Arminia clash

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Serge Gnabry and Jamal Musiala will be back in the Bayern Munich squad to face Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday but Marcel Sabitzer is facing a spell on the sidelines.

Bayern has been hard hit by a coronavirus, but Julian Nagelsmann revealed Gnabry, Musiala, and Michael Cuisance will come out of quarantine on Friday.

The trio has been cleared to return after testing negative, but will not be considered to start.

Niklas Sule and Josip Stanisic have stepped up their recovery from COVID-19 in training this week, but neither will start the Bundesliga encounter this weekend.

Joshua Kimmich and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting remain in isolation after they contracted the virus.

Kimmich has come in for criticism for not taking the vaccine, but Nagelsmann has sympathy for the German midfielder.

Nagelsmann said in a press conference on Friday: “I have a lot of contact with him. He is extremely ambitious. It is a burden for him that he cannot play.”

The Bayern boss revealed Sabitzer will be out for “a few weeks” due to a calf injury, while Tanguy Nianzou misses Armenia’s visit to the Allianz Arena due to a torn ligament in his shoulder.

Leaders Bayern suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Augsburg last Friday before beating Dynamo Kiev by the same scoreline in the Champions League.

Armenia is second-bottom of the table with only one win this season, but Nagelsmann says they must not be taken lightly. 

He added: “Bielefeld has shown a clear improvement to last year. Masaya Okugawa is playing very well, has a lot of confidence on the ball, and is versatile. They have a strong shape and always look to play deep.

“I know their coach [Frank Kramer]. Armenia has grown in terms of its physicality and the way in which they play. There are some parallels that can be drawn with Augsburg. It’s a very important game for us.”

Source: Livescore

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